The original 2003-2006 Teen Titans animated series is hitting home video once again – this time, in high-definition. Warner Archive has announced Teen Titans: The Complete First Season will be hitting Blu-Ray on January 23rd. The collection contains the first 13 episodes, presented in high-definition and wide-screen.
If you’ve forgotten, season 1 sees the Titans face off against Mad Mod, The Puppet King, Killer Moth and, of course, their arch-nemesis Slade – in one showdown after another. Some battles even pit the Titans against each other. The show stars Khary Payton (Cyborg), Tara Strong (Raven), Scott Menville (Robin), Greg Cipes (Beast Boy) and HyndenWalch (Starfire), with guest appearances led by Ron Perlman as Slade.
Here’s the episode list for season 1:
- Final Exam
- Divide and Conquer
- Forces of Nature
- The Sum of His Parts
- Deep Six
- Mad Mod
- Car Trouble
- Apprentice: Part 1
- Apprentice: Part 2
Produced by Glen Murakami, Teen Titans: The Complete First Season features direction by Michael Chang, Alex Soto and CiroNieli, and scripts from Rob Hoegee, Amy Wolfram, David Slack, Adam Beechen, Greg Klein, Tom Pugsley, Rick Copp and Teen Titans honcho himself, Marv Wolfman. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Sander Schwartz. Associate producer is Kimberly Smith. Producers are Bruce Timm and Linda Steiner.
On Facebook, Warner Archive has stated the set will include English DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 Stereo sound and a subtitle track for the hearing impaired. The company lists bonus features as a more or less mirror of what was included on the first season’s DVD release all the way back, including sneak peeks as Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. We’re usually inclined to believe the word from publishers, but don’t be surprised if that material isn’t on the final disc.
You might think a show from that era wouldn’t really benefit much from an HD re-release, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Recognizing the future potential for their content, DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers Animation produced a lot of their shows at a resolution higher than the broadcast norms of the time. That means series like Teen Titans were made in high definition and 16:9, even if you only remember seeing them on TV in 480p and cropped to 4:3. Fans have been given a brief glimpse of the show, as it was meant to be seen, through Cartoon Network’s recent re-runs of the show.
Oh, one more thing. Warner Archive products aren’t given a traditional wide-retail release. They’re usually only available through online portals, like the WB Shop. The set has an MSRP of $21.99.